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Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to meet local farmers and get fresh, flavorful produce and goods. The bounty of Midwest farmers will be easy to find from May through early November at the Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market.

The Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market will open for its 38th season at 7:30 a.m. on  May 4. It will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Nov. 22. This crowd-pleaser has expanded to more than 50 vendors, so shoppers can purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs, flavored oils, pasta and bakery items, as well as flowers and plants.

The Downtown Evanston Market is located at the intersection of University Place and Oak Avenue, behind the Hilton Garden Inn. Free parking is available in the adjacent 1800 Maple Av. garage with ticket validation at the City of Evanston tent.

Special events are featured throughout the season and unique artwork by “Home-Grown Artists” will be showcased and sold on select dates. Reusable bags are sold on site and Illinois Link cards are accepted. Dogs are not allowed at the market (with an exception for service animals).